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Egypt were one of the tournament favourites. Bafana had a foot on the plane home before scraping into the last as the fourth-best third-placed finishers.

But coach Stuart Baxter, so embattled, so castigated, had promised something different here in this last mission impossible in front of the 75, home cauldron at Cairo International Stadium. And Bafana provided it.

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The drama, the glory, the intensity. This was the Bafana every South African knew existed. In fact, they just stunned the hosts like an ultra-high-powered taser gun. Who knows how far Bafana can go now at Egypt ?

The South Africans showed every bit of their marvellous structure they displayed in the group stage.

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A level of organisation that had gone almost unnoticed at home as all dismayed fans saw was a failed attack and conservatism from Baxter. On Saturday night, Bafana played the very best of Baxter's football. Never mind Baxter. They displayed the very cream of the South African quick-passing game, with a better structure than has been seen from a South African team at a Nations Cup since the s, and spectacular bulldog spirit.

It broke Egypt. It broke the host nation.

Baxter brought Lorch in for suspended Themba Zwane, as the coach switched to a formation. Egypt coach Javier Aguirre had battled to win over a sceptical public, despite three clinical wins in the group stage. Bafana were pitted against this disciplined, precise host team, however unconvinced their public have been.

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Against this crowd, this wall of noise. How could South Africa, so unconvincing in the group stage, if excellently structured, even hold their own? They did more.

They had a real swagger from the start.

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They weren't even nervy early, settling quickly into comfort on the ball and the quick-passing South African game that troubles West and North Africans - notably for SA clubs over Egyptian ones in recent years.

Furman awkwardly kneed into the path of the striker for another low strike past the post. Then, with Furman everywhere, Zungu immense looking for openings, and Tau finally freed to run and touch and nuisance-make, Bafana turned it on.

Tau ran and had a powerful shot at Mohamed Elshenawy. Lorch's run earned a free-kick, from which Tau had the goalkeeper at full stretch.

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